According to this provision, a student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term. This rule applies to all higher education. The purpose of this is to ensure admission to higher education institutions for as many students as possible.
Higher education degrees are:
- Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities
- Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities of applied sciences.
Provision cannot be applied to studies completed at foreign higher education institutions.
The academic term (from 1 August to 31 December or 1 January to 31 July) is the set framework for implementation. The provision does not prevent acceptance of a place in another degree programme during another academic term. Even if the student postpones the commencement of studies, or interrupts his/her studies, that student cannot accept another study place for a degree programme starting in the same academic term.